Here are some fun facts and benefits of swimming that are not only interesting, but also informative! We hope you have a safe swim and enjoy your pool!
Did you know?
- Kangaroos can swim but when they do, their legs move independently from one another which is very different than how they move on land.
- Elephants can swim as many as 20 miles a day — they use their trunks as natural snorkels!
- Porcupines can float.
- The bikini swimsuit was named after a nuclear testing site in the South Pacific called Bikini Atoll. The slowest Olympic swim stroke is the breaststroke.
- The fastest and most efficient swim stroke is the freestyle.
- The oldest form of stroke used is the breaststroke.
- In butterfly stroke and breaststroke, swimmers need to touch the pool with both hands simultaneously when they finish. Swimmers touch the pool with only one hand when they finish in freestyle and backstroke swimming events.
- Swim fins were invented by Benjamin Franklin
- The Titanic was the first ocean liner to have a swimming pool and a gym.
- The oldest depiction of swimming was found in Egypt and dates back to 2500 B.C.E.
Benefits of Swimming
- Swimming strengthens the heart and lungs.
- Swimming works out all of the body’s major muscles without straining your joints.
- Swimming helps reduce stress
- Osteoarthritis: If your joints hurt and your muscles are stiff, swimming is perfect to lower the pain; in the pool your body weight decreases, and reduces the pressure over your muscles and joints
- Water’s buoyancy make swimming the ideal exercise for physical therapy and rehabilitation or for anyone seeking a low-impact exercise.
- Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise because you are moving against the water’s resistance, which is over ten times that of the air.
- An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories. It burns off more calories than walking or biking.